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Ashley Trevena

Date: Saturday, Sept. 24
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Visitation Location:
Pitman Funeral Home, 1545 Wentzville Pkwy., Wentzville, MO

Date: Saturday, Sept. 24
Time: 11:00 AM

Service Location:
Pitman Funeral Home, 1545 Wentzville Pkwy., Wentzville, MO

East Lawn Memorial Park, 425 S Jefferson St., Mexico, MO 65265

In lieu of flowers or donations, the family asks simply to do a good deed.

With much regret, the family of Ethel Mae 'Ashley' Trevena, 74, of Wentzville would like to let the local school district know to take her off the substitute teacher 'call list'. Ashley passed away at 9 p.m. Sunday, September 18, 2016, just 5 months after being diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). She was born October 20, 1941 in Santa Fe, Missouri to Marion and Esther (Sharp) Peak. Soon after her birth, the family moved to the big city of Mexico, Missouri where she graduated as salutatorian of the Mexico High School Class of 1959. She received the Curators Award to attend the University of Missouri at Columbia or Rolla but instead decided to marry and start a family. In 1974, she finally found the time to start working on that college degree. She graduated with honors in 1980 from William Jewell College with a B.S. in Elementary Education. In 1983, she completed her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Webster University in St. Louis. Ashley started her teaching career in the Excelsior Springs Public Schools and after moving to the St. Louis area in 1983, she taught fourth grade in the Wentzville R-IV School District until her retirement in May 2007. She never really retired. She immediately began to substitute teach not just because she loved teaching but possibly to support her irresistible impulse to shop and decorate. Ashley enjoyed spending time tending to her little Ponderosa and entertaining friends and family in her party room, formerly Charlie's workshop until she decorated him out. She is preceded in death by her second husband, Charles D. Trevena, AKA 'Kahle'. He was a former Air Force fighter interceptor pilot, TWA pilot, accomplished musician, fiddle instructor, choir director, blacksmith, inventor and all around great guy. Ashley's parents probably thought her greatest achievement was when Charlie taught her to fly their plane. Her parents didn't believe she was able to fly; so on one departure from the Mexico, Missouri airport, Ashley made the take off while Charlie waved to her parents with both hands. There was no longer a question about her ability. Sadly, Charlie passed away after a short illness on June 7, 2011. Ashley is survived by her four children from her first marriage to the late James Joseph 'Joe' McNamara Jr: Michele (David) Welch, Steve McNamara, Greg McNamara and Jay McNamara; Karen (Jim) Huff and John (Gin) Trevena, Charlie's two children. Ashley leaves behind her sister Martha (Ron) Pehle of Mexico, Missouri and nine grandchildren: Braden Welch, Nicole Welch, Kristin Welch, Caitlin (Chris) O'Reily, Brett McNamara, Ashley (Andrew) Quinn, Matthew (Ashley) Huff, Travis Huff and Kimberly Huff. The family would like to thank Ashley's dear friends Maxine, Larry, Nadine, Dixie and Elaine for their constant visits, care and concern as well as the Heartland Hospice Services team of Cindy, Kristin and Dale. Special thanks to her many friends who sent flowers, cards, presents and well wishes, especially Jeri. A big thank you to the staff and teachers at Boone Trail Elementary for the personalized blanket which gave her much comfort and warmth. Instead of the customary flowers or donations, the family asks simply do a good deed. Visitation will be held at Pitman Funeral Home, 1545 Wentzville Parkway, Wentzville, Missouri on Saturday, September 24 from 10-11 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. She will be laid to rest, next to her parents, at East Lawn Memorial Park in Mexico, Missouri following the service.

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